good? nay bad but find myself still missing the Polity,
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This review is from: Jupiter War (Owner Trilogy 3) (Kindle Edition)
So, 3rd book of the Owner series finished - like many I struggled a bit with the first one, found myself getting into the second one much more and have slightly fizzled out with the third - like many trilogies it ended the 'series, but didn't quite satisfy so as to leave room open for future stories - loads of options left open for more sequels and spin-offs - what would I like (if you're reading Neal) perhaps 50 years on for Saul (and his backed up and enhanced 'crew') when he hits the first alien populated star etc; 50 years also the rough period he guessed for 'Earth' to gain an 'interstellar' drive capability again so maybe room for conflicting 'human species' spreading out amongst the stars.
There would also be the scope for the Protectors and himself to develop into AI's etc; There were obviously future scenarios explored briefly in the Engineer Reconditioned etc (though I haven't yet gone back and re-read them - the book is buried somewhere - I'll find it or buy the Kindle version - why can't you buy a 'hard copy and get the digital version included? Most annoying!). So a whole new 'Universe' to explore? why not; though like every Asher fan I'm sure we'd love a bit more BrassMan/Cormac; again, perhaps a couple of hundred years in the future; and Prador and Jain - still plenty of room for spin-offs I think, though I can easily forgive Neal for wanting to do something different for a while.
So, verdict? if you're a Asher fan, read and stick with them - not as easily & enjoyably digestible as the Polity books - not really any pleasant characters for a start; but no doubt the 'start' of the next universe so get stuck in and wait for the next, with Banks gone, (Richard) Morgan seemingly moving into fantasy stuff, and Hamilton doing, annoying near future stuff - who else are we going to read ;-)
righy ho, have now re-read the 3 Owner stories in the Engineer, a few links but not many, them being set 10,000 years in the future from this series, but enough to show links betwen the Polity are there; so Neal, I gave you a couple ideas, get writing! (oh, and can I have free copies for the dieas et when you write them up - ta)